Learning New Skills

Here's a list of things I'd like to learn in the coming year art-wise and other-wise...
  • Screen-printing - I used to do a lot of printmaking in my art and I want to revisit that. So I bought a couple of books on it but I think finding an online or local workshop class on it would be good. I love the apron above and it was printed.
  • Upload video presentations- it's one thing to describe pivoting with a sewing machine, and it's another thing to show pivoting in a video.
  • Learn to design my own blog background.
  • Rework my work areas - clean them out and really analyze what's working and what's not. Improve what's not.
  • Sew a doll completely by hand - a couple of the people in the Izannah Walker Workshop are making their dolls completely by hand from start to finish. I am amazed at people who do that, and want to try it with at least ONE doll. I have a book called Doll Making by E. J. Taylor, and there is a very sweet rag doll in it that I'd like to make as a companion doll to one of my Izannahs.
  • Design another doll pattern - but this time I want it to be outside of the box and not necessarily inspired by a particular antique doll, although I am sure my love for antique cloth dolls will come through. :-) I really loved the engineering process involved in what happens to the volume of the doll when you move a seam this way or that.
  • Take a class or two online. I signed up for one today on marketing with KC Willis because I saw it mentioned on Maureen of Urban Pastures blog. So for those who gave me money for Christmas you bought me a class in marketing!
  • Begin gardening again - take the section of my yard in the front between the driveway and the door we use most and really work at the landscaping.

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden


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